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Biography:

Steve Adams ( b. 1952 ) composes and plays sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones as well as flute, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and synthesizer. Steve is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Music in Boston, and has studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee, Christopher Yavelov and Alan Crossman; saxophone and flute with David Birkin; and Indian music with Peter Row and Steve Gorn. He has taught at North Shore Community College, Governor Dummer Academy and the School of Contemporary Music.

Currently based in San Francisco, Steve is a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, an innovative ensemble that has been called "one of the most daring ensembles of any instrumentation to emerge in recent years" by Downbeat magazine. Rova has toured widely in the U.S., Canada, and Eastern and Western Europe and has recordings on the Black Saint, Hat Art, Sound Aspects and Metalanguage labels. He is a former member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, an eclectic jazz group that has toured Europe and recorded on the Coppens CCD label, Composers in Red Sneakers, a classically-oriented composer's consortium, and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, a "punk classical" rock group with recordings on Rykodisc, Ace of Hearts and Cuneiform Records. Steve is on more than 35 recordings, including seven with the Rova Saxophone Quartet, four with Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet and three as a co-leader for the 9Winds label. He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Donald Byrd, Jaki Byard and Ted Nugent and with many other jazz, rock, classical, dance and theater groups.

Steve received a Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer grant in 1993 and was a finalist in the 1983 Massachusetts "You Gotta Have Arts" grant competition. He has written many compositions and arrangements in various genres,including fifteen currently on record. His works in the classical vein include Owed t'Don for marimba and violin, commissioned by Marimolin and recorded for the GM label, Watching for a Story for alto saxophone and tape, Squinch for brass quintet, commissioned by the Empire Brass Quintet, and K/24 (for Vasily Kandinsky) for saxophone quartet. He has also written music for dance pieces and animated films. Steve wrote the music for the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival's 1990 production of Twelfth Night, for the California Shakespeare Festival's 1991 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, their 1993 production of Hamlet, their 1994 production of The Taming of the Shrew, and their 1995 production of Much Ado About Nothing.


Upcoming Events:

Berkeley Arts

2133 University Avenue
Berkeley

Sunday, Apr 27 2014 8:00 PM

Adams Hanes Iova-Koga 3; Golia Stackpole duo

John Hanes/ Steve Adams with special guest Shinichi Iova-Koga

Steve Adams - electronics
John Hanes - electronics
Shinchi iova-Koga - dance

Adams and Hanes welcome the remarkable improvised dance of Shinichi to their world of musical explorations. If you saw Shinichi's recent collaborations with Rova on the Eureka Ferry or with Steve at the CJM, you'll know this is an event not to be missed.

9 pm
Vinny Golia - woodwinds
Karen Stackpole - gongs, percussion

Vinny and Karen revive their memorable duo for the first time in many years. This is a rare opportunity to hear their unique and beautiful sonorities.

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


CDs on which Steve Adams appears:

ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Bill Horvitz BandThe DisappearanceEvander MusicEm 018
John SchottShuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording AngelNew World Records80548-2
Rova Saxophone QuartetBeat KennelBlack Saint120 126-2
Rova Saxophone QuartetBingoVictoCD056
Rova Saxophone QuartetFrom the Bureau of BothBlack Saint120135-2
Rova Saxophone QuartetJohn Coltrane's AscensionBlack SaintBS 120180
Rova Saxophone QuartetLong On LogicSound AspectsSAS CD 037
Rova Saxophone QuartetMorphological EchoRastascan RecordsBRD 027
Rova Saxophone Quartetthe Works (vol 3)Black Saint120196-2
Rova Saxophone Quartetthe Works (vol 3)Black Saint1
Rova Saxophone Quartetthe Works (vol 3)Black Saint120196
Rova Saxophone Quartetthe Works (volume 3)Black Saint120196-2
Rova Saxophone Quartetthe Works (volume 3)Black Saint120196-2
Rova Saxophone QuartetThe Works, Volume 1Black SaintBS 120176
Rova Saxophone QuartetThe Works, Volume 2Black SaintBS 120186
Rova Saxophone QuartetThis Time We Are BothNew Albion RecordsNA 041 CD
Steve Adams and Ken FilianoIn Out Side9 Winds RecordsNWCD 0156